Gender: Male Meaning of Felix: "happy, fortunate" Origin of Felix: Latin Felix's Popularity in 2019: #222

Felix Origin and Meaning

The name Felix is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "happy, fortunate".

Felix was originally a Roman surname but was adopted as a nickname by the ancient Roman Sulla, who believed that he was especially blessed with luck by the gods. It is the name of four popes and sixty-seven saints; in the Bible, Felix is a Roman procurator of Judea.

Felix, energetic and upbeat with a felicitous meaning, has finally transcended its negative associations to Felix The Cat and the persnickety Felix Unger.

The name appears in literature as the central character in George Eliot's novel Felix Holt, the protagonist of Thomas Mann's Confessions of Felix Krull, in Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Henry James's The Europeans, Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle, and as a member of the Volturi Guard in the Twilight series. In movies Felix has popped up in everything from several James Bond films to Spy Kids and The Hangover.

Gillian Anderson and Elizabeth Banks are two modern celebrities who chose Felix for their baby boys. A notable namesake is Felix Frankfurter, a long-term Supreme Court Justice.

Popular in the Hispanic community, Felix is also celebrating a surge abroad. Felix has been on the U.S. popularity list for as long as records have been kept and is rapidly becoming a Nameberry fave.

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Rank in US: #222

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Famous People Named Felix

Pop Culture References for the name Felix

Felician, Felizio, Felyx, Feliks, Felike, Felic, Fee, Felicio, Felicien, Felice, Feliciano, Fee

Felix's International Variations

Felic (Irish) Félicien, Félix (French) Felice (Italian) Feliciano, Felex, Felicio, Felixiano, Feliziano (Spanish) Feliz (Portuguese) Feel (Danish) Bodog (Hungarian) Feliks (Polish) Feliks (Russian) Felicjan (Slavic)


Halouise Says:


I love this name. So cute. Of course, the fact that one of the members of Stray Kids is named Felix also helps.

BookSneakersMovie Says:


I kind of like this, though I didn’t used to.

Bellaheidi Says:


Oh no. I don’t want to say bad things about this name that is clearly adored, but I personally can’t stand it. It sounds cheap. Though I did meet quite a nice Felix once

amj Says:


Interesting, I’ve known two children called Felix and both were extremely intelligent. Probably two of the smartest kids I’ve ever met, so only positive associations for me.

amj Says:


Nah. They’re really not ugly. You should get out more. Could be much much worse, and it was only a dream. Don’t really get all the negativity over a dream... very bizarre.

lovelovelove Says:


it's a little strange that you literally have to fight back laughing whenever you see him... that's just plain mean

briarblossom Says:


I think of The Odd Couple. Felix is an awesome name.

cheesy-biscuit Says:


I think you should take your negativity and leave.

Melissa Joy Says:


Nah. They're pretty ugly. Felix reminds me of a cat and Casper reminds me of a ghost.

Heather Says:


That's where we heard it and fell in love with the name! Our 6 month old was essentially named after pewds lol

podsolnechnik13 Says:


I think this’d make a cute girls name too.

clairels Says:


Agree, it sounds very feminine to me. But I would rather use Felicia or Felicity. They all come from the same root.

Daiseymae Says:


Thanks. I have always disliked the name Felix. Even Felix Unger was a wimp.

In Progress Says:


@Daisymae Finally, another person with some sense on here! :)

Daiseymae Says:


I really don't care for it either. I have known two people named Felix, and they both turned out as wimps.

SparkleNinja18 Says:


:-p doesn't mean it's not rude.

gummybear0724 Says:


Felix is lovely. It's definitely amongst my top 20 for boys.

gummybear0724 Says:


How rude of a comment! Felix and Casper are lovely names!

In Progress Says:


Thank goodness it was only a dream.

In Progress Says:


I have to say, IMO this name is awful for a human. This is a cat, not a person. I know a little boy with this name and I fight laughter every time I see him and hear his name. Just my opinion, I won't be using it so everyone else - have at it! :)

Piteco Says:


I love that name. It's one of the few boy names I can say I love. Names with initial "F" are my favorites, so... When I think in this name, I imagine a handsome dark-haired little boy.

softboiledeggs Says:


It sounds spunky and fun to me, maybe because of the meaning and its -ix ending. One of my all time favourites.

Jack Says:


This is one of my all-time favorite name, there's non name like it.

ottertails Says:


I don't see how age is a factor when not knowing an association.

DropkickBrat Says:


My second son is Felix, but he was going to have that name from the start (including when I thought for 15 weeks he was a girl). I saw a woman on MasterChef named Felix a few years ago and haven't been able to shake my love for it!

Dalmatians101 Says:


I like this name, its very classic, but not overused. I think it could easily be made into a compound name, which is good for parents who really love two names.

clairels Says:


Seems unlikely. A lot of people seem to like it, but I don't think it has a wide enough appeal to rise past #100 or so.

abertawe Says:


I'm worried that this name will soar in popularity :S

Margot_86 Says:


I would've continued loving this name had I not learned that this is the actual name for that annoying Swedish youtube celebrity that goes by PewDiePie.

EW314 Says:


Love this name, but it's pretty popular in the UK and relatives just used it for their boy. It's charming, distinguished and fun.

I have to say I find it interesting that it's so much less well-used in America, and not even on the radar for some people. It's been known and loved here for a while.

EW314 Says:


I thought I was the only one this had occurred to! I love Felix for a boy, and I'm not usually crazy about boys' names on girls, but Felix has such a cool, pretty sound. I'd probably only dare use it as a middle, though.

nipnerb Says:


Oh, what a lovely name. The -x ending makes it sound Unique and Fresh, and the cat
reference makes it all the more adorable!

Zelliew Says:


Yes - I love cats too

AmeliaHC Says:


My little brother is called Felix, it is an awesome name though he does get a few 'Felix the Cat' gag gifts and he sometimes gets mistaken for a 'Phoenix'.

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headintheclouds Says:


Great name. My mom almost named my brother Felix, and although I can't imagine him being called anything else than his current name, I personally think Felix would have been a better choice. It's a quirky classic to me, a name everyone's heard of before, but isn't too common. Also smart-sounding, with a positive name meaning, and a fun element to it with the -x at the end.

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MissPriss Says:


Felix the cat, maybe?

Anonmommy Says:


I know who that is and I'm 24! :) knowing this makes me love the name Felix even more!

raevynstar Says:


Awesome name. :)

cgwaltney Says:


There's a mommy blogger who named her daughter Felix Belle.

babymagic Says:


All the more reason to like it!

babymagic Says:


I would love to hear this name on a girl.

eveyalecia Says:


Felix and Casper are great names for twins!

amj Says:


A favourite of mine. I once had a dream I had twin boys, one was called Felix the other Casper.

kendallrhea1 Says:


I don't understand why whenever I think of this name I think of a sinister cartoon cat!

Mona Says:


In England we have a cat food brand called Felix, but I like all names with Xs and Zs in.

clairels Says:


Am I supposed to know who that is? We aren't all 13 years old.

clairels Says:


Absolutely do not get this name and why so many Berries are crazy about it. It makes me think of a cat licking himself (Feline licks).

Guest Says:


I never knew this name till I found out pewdiepie had it :p

AnonymousPerson Says:


Very nice name. Makes me think of a dark-haired boy with big green eyes.

kitchi1 Says:


I used to like this one, too, until someone ruined it for me. The people's last name was Winky or something like that, and they said, "Well, if he's gay Felix Winky will work!" Felix. He licks. Winky. Yes, horrible.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I like this name. I tend to like more girl names than boy names, but this is one cool boy name. I might want to use it for a character.

Rush1986 Says:


I absolutely adore this name. I havent yet to meet a felix in real life, but i feel like people would react in a more "felix eh? i haven't heard that name in awhile" rather then "wtf you named your kid felix?" kind of way.

DoctorWho Says:


This is such a handsome name and one of my favourites. It is sweet and charming with a beautiful meaning

MaryKathryn Says:


I think this name is so cute! I would much rather use this name over Max/Pax/Knox/Jax